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Bilek, Istvan

Istvan Bilek, born Aug 11, 1932, is a Grandmaster from Hungary, born in Budapest.  He was awarded the International Master title in 1958 and the Grandmaster title in 1962.  He won the Hungarian Championship in 1963, 1965, and 1970.  In 1979 at an international tournament in Slupsk, Poland, he had a bye in the first round, drew his next 10 games in 13, 14, 12, 9, 12, 13, 17, and 9 moves, taking 5, 12, 15, 26, 7, 4, 5, 12, 18, and 5 minutes, respectively.  Thus, he made only 125 moves in 109 minutes in this 11 round master event.  When he won the Hungarian championship in 1970, his wife (Edit Lang) won the Hungarian women's championship (she also won in 1964).  He played in the 1962 and 1964 Interzonals.  He was on nine chess Olympiad teams from 1958 to 1974.  In 1967, at the Sousse Interzonal, GM Milan Matulovic was playing Bilek and made a move that would have lost a piece.  He then took back the move, and then made another move.  Bilek complained to the tournament director, but no action was taken to prove that Matulovic made the move, then took it back.  The game ended in a draw that Bilek would have won if the move was not taken back.  In 1962, Bilek lost to Fischer on time, after making only 27 moves in 2.5 hours.  Fischer used up exactly 2 minutes for the whole game.

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